BOOTJACK MAP SAN FRANCISCO

What’s Best: Forested Tamalpais hikes redwoods, conifer, and creeks leading down into Muir Woods. Bootjack is also a prime group picnic spot.

Parking: From Hwy. 101 north of Sausalito, take Hwy. 1-Shoreline Hwy. exit toward Stinson Beach. Follow up and turn right on Panoramic Hwy. Park at Bootjack Picnic Area, about 2.5 ml. after Mt. Tamalpais State Park boundary. Notes: Parking lot fee required. Budgets cuts may limit parking lot and restroom hours. Trails remain open. Agency: Mt. Tamalpais State Park; Marin Municipal Water District

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The Redwood Creek-Camp Alice Eastwood loop takes you down a mossy, fern-embanked creek, over footbridges beneath redwoods, and then back up amid the sunny, drier forests of oak and manzanita. From the parking, head up toward the stone restrooms and go right to join the Bootjack Trail. You immediately cross the highway and follow the splashing waters of Redwood Creek along a merry 1,000-foot drop, over about 1.5 miles, to Camp Alice Eastwood. At the camp, turn left and look for the Sierra Trail. The Sierra Trail joins the Troop 80 Trail. Go left, weaving through redwoods, to Van Wyck Meadow, where you rejoin the Bootjack Trail. The Muir Woods via Ben Johnson Trail loop is a 1,200-foot descent through lush redwood and fir forest, followed by a climb beside a cascading creek. Begin by taking the Bootjack Trail down from the picnic area. On the other side of the highway, pass the Alpine Trail on your right. Continue in Van Wyck Meadow, where you turn right on the TCC Trail a level meander through redwoods built in the old days by the Tamalpais Conservation Club. After 1.5 miles, you connect with the Stapelveldt Trail. Go left on a long descent that joins the Ben Johnson Trail. In Muir Woods, jog left across the bridge, and go left almost immediately, on the Bootjack Trail. Crossing bridges and weaving up Redwood Creek, the Bootjack climbs for about 1.75 miles.

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